Friday, October 8, 2010

Professor Snaglefoompus Learns How to Read Manga

One day, Professor Snaglefoompus got lost in the library at his school.

Normally, he started off all his library trips with a visit to the American Literature section, but the library had gotten rid of almost all of their books and replaced them with computers, because computers involve less reading. So naturally, Professor Snaglefoompus got lost trying to find the bookshelves that were no longer there.  All he could find were students using computers to do important scholarly activities, such as looking at pictures on Facebook.

Eventually, Professor Snaglefoompus gave up on trying to find a book, and he wandered towards the magazine section to get the latest edition of Buffet Quarterly, his favorite magazine. Along the way, he passed the manga section of the library.

With a cry of joy at having found something that wasn't a computer, Professor Snaglefoompus grabbed a manga and started reading it. He didn't quite understand what was happening in the story--something about a giant robot teddy bear who was also a werewolf and a fashion photographer--but that was because he didn't know how to read manga.

Fortunately, Tokyo-San, the Japanese exchange student, was there to help.

"Professor!" Tokyo-San called out. "You're reading it wrong!"

"Huh?" Professor Snaglefoompus asked.

"In Japan, we read from right to left," Tokyo-San explained. "So when you read the Japanese manga, you read the pages from right to left."

Professor Snaglefoompus scratched his head. "But this is in English, not Japanese," he said.

"I know, but the pictures are drawn from right to left," Tokyo-San said.

"So I have to read from right to left and left to right at the same time?" Professor Snaglefoompus asked.

"Yes, Sensei Snagle-San!" Tokyo-San said.

Professor Snaglefoompus tried reading like this for a while, but it made his head hurt. Eventually, he put the manga down and left the computer lab library. He went back home, in hopes that his wife Wendy could help him feel better about the bookless library and the strange comic books that were read in multiple directions at once.

Wendy knew all about manga. She was currently reading a manga for girls, which she liked to call a woman-ga.  She showed Professor Snaglefoompus her top-secret manga reading technique: holding the book upside down.

"Now you can read it from left to right, just like normal!" she said.

"But now all the words and pictures are upside-down!" Professor Snaglefoompus said.

Wendy shrugged.  "That doesn't matter," she said.  "Neither of us can read Japanese."

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is interesting ...

Maddz said...

LOL, I've read japanese manga...in english of course. It was confusing at first, but then I got the hang of it. Plus, the series I was reading was absolutely fantastic!

Only problem: after reading japanese manga for a while, you start to look at everything backwards, LOL

-Maddz

Kira said...

Manga confuses me, that's all I can say. XD

Anonymous said...

You don't have to have '-san' in a name because that's for the dialogue..

Anonymous said...

Really funny xD

Bridget said...

You don't have to have '-san' in a name because that's for the dialogue..